Is Everybody On? How Technology Has Changed Conference Calls

As remote teams become more popular, businesses look to technology to stay in touch.

By Alain StephensOctober 20, 2016 11:51 am,

Say you’re a businesswoman and you needed to check in on some employees across the country, or perhaps you are a student conducting interviews for a research project overseas. Ten years ago that may have meant taking a long and expensive trip – but now video streaming and conferencing technologies make everything easier.

And guess what? Omar Gallaga of the Austin-American Statesman’s 512 Tech says this technology is already getting better.

“Bandwidth has improved, we all hopefully have faster internet in our homes and businesses, so the idea of video streaming – the whole idea of video calling, the Jetsons thing of being able to see someone – that’s all doable now,” Gallaga says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How some companies use video conferencing to create camaraderie

– How SharedStudios, a video conference art installation, inspired Gallaga to look into these new technologies

– Where video streaming technology is headed in the future (hint: virtual reality is involved)